Xi Jinping doesn’t want to be the villain of Paris.
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Many developing nations are likely to support any motions China proposes at COP21.
China wants the yuan to gain the same international standing as the US dollar.
The inclusion of the yuan into the IMF's currency basket shouldn't stop ongoing Chinese financial market reforms.
Graduation at Fudan University in Shanghai. Education is an important instrument in building China’s global status.
In China, education is more than a means to deliver high skilled labour. The country has constructed its education policy to demonstrate its ambition to become a global power.
Deceitful Chinese may have trouble getting a mortgage in the not-too-distant future.
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China plans to create a credit reporting system that ranks people on trustworthiness using a all kinds of data, from finances to Facebook. Sound far-fetched? It's happening in the US too.
Asian and African leaders march together, with China’s President Xi at the center.
China has been spreading its wealth around to increase its influence, but what can the recipients of its largesse learn from its actions in Africa?
If there is one thing that the new administration of Malcolm Turnbull can be confident about, it’s that dealing with China is not going to get any easier. Despite our new prime minister taking a decidedly…
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma being welcomed on his arrival in Khartoum by Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir earlier this year.
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South Africa's withdrawal from the ICC could have mere symbolic value. The country will continue to have obligations to binding decisions taken by the UN Security Council – including those pertaining to the court.
The USS Roosevelt sails the South China Sea.
In the summer of 2007, in a bizarre incident shown live on Russian television, scientists accompanied by a couple of senior politicians descended 4,300 meters to the floor of the Arctic Ocean in two Mir…
Prevailing commentary that the future of the Australian coal sector is secure ignores some key trends.
Only a few coal producers are undertaking risk assessments about the danger of coal assets becoming "stranded", or unviable.
US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter observes the destroyer USS Lassen in the South China Sea.
By sailing a destroyer close to an artificial island in the South China Sea, the US is challenging China's claim to the waterway. At stake are trade routes worth billions of dollars.
China’s higher education sector is gaining strength. Should we be worried?
Chinese universities have started to rise up the world university rankings, increase their investment in research and grow their numbers of international student. Should Australia be worried?
George Osborne and Jim O'Neil, Commercial Secretary to the Treasury and a former Goldman Sachs investment chief, enjoy a contract signing in Beijing earlier this year.
An often ignored political role devised in 1571 tells you all you need to know about who will benefit as new power plants are built.
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China's population policy helped more women into university, creating a generation with higher aspirations.
The spotlight remains on Chinese President Xi Jinping as the country prepares to release its next five-year plan.
China's transition to a consumer-based economy offers opportunities for private investors, but more financial reform is needed to open them up.
The yuan has a long way to go.
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Recent headlines suggesting the yuan is on the verge of becoming an international currency stray far from reality.
Continued prosperity is part of the unwritten contract between China and her people.
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As China moves towards a 'new normal' on economic growth, it will use its five-year plan to promote sustainable growth.
Enforcing the birth control policy left millions of children with no identity.
The move to a 'two-child policy' is unlikely to boost population growth, which has been stalling for years now.
The Angolan government failed to use revenues when the oil price was high to tackle massive social and economic challenges.
As the oil price crisis deepens, Angolans are beginning to ask what actually happened to the glut of oil dollars. Very little has come from the oil boom of 2004-14.
A Chinese company deducts 5-10% of employees wages' and gives the money to their parents – it's filial piety in action.